I think I have termites (pictures)
We kept finding a bunch of brown spiders around our house. They really liked to get in the garage and some were making there way into the house. We also have some fire ants in the back yard.
Two weeks ago I used some stuff called Demon-WP.
I sprayed the outside perimeter of the house. along the outsides of the windows, up along where the soffits meet the bricks, and spot treated the fire ants. The ants died almost immediately. We haven't been seeing nearly as many spiders and haven't found one inside since.
Today, I found a bunch of small brown bugs all over the outside of the house. They're all dying and falling off the walls. Some are coming in through the windows and dying in the window sills. I cannot tell where they are coming from, and I cannot find them in the attic either.
I've got a feeling these are termites, but wanted to be sure before I look up an exterminator.
Sorry for the poor quality pictures. They are very small. About the size of regular ants, and are hard to get a decent picture of.
Yep, you got termites. Don't panic though! Although the buggers work 24/7 and never seem to sleep, your house won't fall apart...yet. They're real slow eaters. A colony eats about a pound of wood in four or five years. So you got time to figure out things out. That said, I'd call a professional.
An hour after I posted this, I couldn't find one of them anywhere, except a couple dead ones in the window sill. I went back in the attic and searched every crack, crevice, and corner. Couldn't find a single trace of them.
I also noticed that my neighbor had his front lawn torn up. He is directly next to me, meaning my front yard is the same patch of land as his front yard. He had landscapers out there. They dug the entire front yard up about 4-6 inches down and was putting in more dirt and new grass. I wonder if that had anything to do with it?
Either way, i'll be calling an expert within the next day or so.
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